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Israeli presidential candidate Reuven Rivlin speaks with the press as the parliament votes for the next Israeli president. June 10, 2014. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israel gets ready for presidential elections

The Knesset has begun preparations to elect President Reuven Rivlin’s successor. Rivlin’s term as president is slated to end on July 9, and according to law, elections for the next president must be held...
Jerusalemites stand for two minutes of silence as the siren sounds across Israel to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 8, 2021. Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israel bows in memory of the 6 million annihilated in the Holocaust

A two-minute siren wailed across Israel on Thursday, as the country stood still to commemorate the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Holocaust Remembrance Day events got underway on Wednesday evening at a...
The swearing-in ceremony of the 24th Knesset in Jerusalem, April 6, 2021. Photo by Alex Kolomoisky/POOL.

Israel’s 24th Knesset sworn in under cloud of coalition crisis

Israel’s 24th Knesset was sworn in on Tuesday with less than the customary fanfare due to coronavirus restrictions on the number of attendees and the political crisis that is threatening to lead to a fifth round...
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin meets with representatives of the Yesh Atid Party at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, April 5, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli president tasks Netanyahu with forming next government

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the mandate on Tuesday to form the country’s next government. In his address, broadcast from the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, Rivlin noted that in the seven...
Israel's President Reuven Rivlin in front of the virtual gates to Auschwitz as part of the 2021 March of the Living online event. Credit: Office of the President for March of the Living.

March of the Living virtual event to honor medical profession, past and present

The International March of the Living will hold a virtual march on Holocaust Remembrance Day to be led by Holocaust survivors and Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion, Jewish Agency chair Isaac Herzog, Keren-Kayemet...
Israel Elections 2015 Ballot Box Photo: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Israel

The people’s choice

Waking up on election day is always exciting. The site of ballot boxes carrying the state emblem reminds me of days long ago, when we were not allowed to wave the Israeli flag. I was...
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin with French President Emmanuel Macron at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, Jan. 22, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Rivlin urges France to stand by Israel, oppose ICC probe

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday called on the French government and other European countries to oppose the International Criminal Court’s decision to investigate the Israel Defense Forces for war crimes. In a letter published...
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin lays a wreath during a Holocaust-remembrance ceremony in Vienna, Austria, March 17, 2021. Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO.

Israeli, Austrian presidents attend Holocaust remembrance ceremony in Vienna

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen participated in a Holocaust-remembrance ceremony in Vienna on Wednesday. The ceremony, held at the city’s monument to Holocaust victims in Judenplatz, was attended by...
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (left) and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a joint press briefing after their meeting in Berlin, March 16, 2021. Credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO.

Israeli president’s diplomatic tour of Europe gets underway in Berlin

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin landed in Berlin on Tuesday, kicking off a diplomatic tour of Europe at the invitation of the presidents of Germany, Austria and France. Rivlin, who was accompanied by Israel Defense Forces...
President Rivlin began his visit to Europe, meeting the President of Germany, together with IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi Credit: Amos Ben Gershom, GPO

President Rivlin began his visit to Europe, meeting the President of Germany, together with...

President Rivlin on Iran’s rising power: “The international community must stand together, speaking out strongly and without compromise against Iran’s nuclear plan and its support for terrorist groups that threaten Israel and the stability of...